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Durham University

Faculty of Science

British Council Women in STEM Scholarship at Durham University

British Council Women in STEM Scholarship at Durham University

Durham University is delighted to have been selected to host five Master’s Scholars, from the eligible countries in the Americas:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Venezuela

In spirit of ODA, with the potential to focus on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of the above countries the eligible programmes for this scholarship at Durham University are as follows:

  • MSc New and Renewable Energy
  • MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • MDS Data Science

We will be particularly encouraging of applications from women whose identities include multiple intersecting factors, including race, class, and religion, and women who are single mothers.

What the Scholarship Covers:

  • Full tuition fee for Masters programme
  • Tuition fee and living expenses for 6 or 10 week pre-sessional English language programme if specified as a condition of an offer for one of the eligible Masters programmes.
  • Living expenses (accommodation will be provided in one of three Durham University Colleges, see below)
  • Visa and Insurance costs including health surcharge
  • One accompanying child
  • Return economy class travel
  • IELTS Examination fee
  • Allowance for one accompanying child
  • Other study related costs as appropriate

Deadline for Applications and Application Process:

Completed application forms and supporting documents must be submitted to Durham University (to with British Council Women in STEM Scholarship in the subject heading) by midnight GMT on 1 March 2021.

Candidates for the scholarship must also hold the following by 1 March 2021:

An unconditional offer of a place for one of the eligible programmes at Durham University


An offer for one of the eligible programmes with a condition on English language which can be met by undertaking a 6 or 10 week pre-sessional programme offered by Durham University. Offers with conditions relating to academic achievement still outstanding on 1 March 2021 are not permitted for this scholarship.

It is anticipated that the scholarship results will be announced on 30 April 2021.

Accommodation and Scholar Support:

Successful candidates for this scholarship will be offered accommodation at one of three of our colleges: Hatfield College, Trevelyan College or Ustinov College.

Durham University is renowned for its collegiate system, which provides an integrated student support framework with dedicated welfare staff in each college. All students are welcomed into one of the University’s colleges, providing diverse, multidisciplinary communities with an unparalleled offering of extra-curricular activities. These include a range of pursuits such as sport, volunteering, music, theatre, and debate to name just a few, underpinned with a comprehensive package of pastoral support. This structure is supported further by the central Division of Student Wellbeing and Support, which provides specialist services in mental health, counselling and disabilities. Other specialist support services include the Student Immigration Office, Student Finance Office and the Careers and Enterprise Centre. Together this system provides end-to-end support for students from the time of selection, visa application, welcome and arrival, through to settling in and preparing them for the next stage in their careers.

British Council Women in STEM Scholars will have access to guaranteed accommodation in one of three colleges: Hatfield, Trevelyan, or Ustinov. Hatfield and Trevelyan Colleges are both home to a diverse mix of undergraduate and post-graduate students, the first being Durham’s second oldest, and the second a historically all-female college, with a strong ethos around the championing and development of women. Both colleges are led by members of the Science Faculty, with Hatfield College also demonstrating a strong track record for welcoming international scholars, with its Lioness Scholarship for women from developing countries a popular cause for philanthropic support.

Ustinov is a specialist postgraduate college, with a diverse community of students from all over the globe. Keenan House, part of the college’s accommodation estate, has a long tradition of welcoming scholars with families and can provide accommodation to suit their needs as well as help with applying for childcare and schools. The College’s International Women’s Group has been a meeting place for women with different international backgrounds coming to Durham for over 25 years; a place to make friends, share experiences, adjust to life in a different country and feel part of the Durham community.

The Scholars will be invited to participate in relevant student societies such as the Women in STEM society and the DU Women in Tech Society, which offer a broad programme of talks, events, and mentoring opportunities. They could also be connected to scholars on parallel scholarship programmes, such as the Lioness and our Undergraduate Women in STEM Scholarship, to broaden their network on arrival.

Opportunities for Scholars in terms of Connections to Industry, Internships, Placements, Networking etc.

Durham Energy Institute has strong connections with the energy industry within the UK, Europe and the world in general. Its Advisory Board is made up from 23 experienced senior managers from the full spectrum of industry and government. These people together with the six strong executive team and the many fellows both within and beyond Durham University, together with strategic industrial partners are the direct network the institute uses for wide array of activities including finding industrial placements for research students. Students can also access support for identifying research projects in collaboration with an Industry partner. Previous placements and dissertation projects have been undertaken in partnership with: The UK Government Department for Transport and Department for Business, BP, Ørsted, Schlumberger, Equinor, ENI, Total, ConocoPhillips, Chevron, Tata, local regional government and councils and more. We will work with the students to find appropriate placements to suit their research interests.

Scholars on energy related masters programmes will be able participate in all DEI run activity. This includes weekly seminars, research generator events, the annual symposium which attracts academics and industry from across the energy spectrum and poster competitions. All of these activities contribute to creating fully-rounded, mature, research savvy, highly motivated individuals who will then embark on fulfilling and rewarding careers. Our past students, scattered to the four corners of the Earth remain part of our extended family with the opportunity of life-long learning and continued professional development. We have a commitment to gender equality in all of our activities,

All scholars would be offered the opportunity of connecting with an industry mentor, which could be sourced from the Faculty’s network of industry and alumni contacts. Both Durham Energy Institute, the Departments of Engineering and Computer Science boast impressive External Advisory Boards of senior industry contacts from esteemed businesses around the world, who could be made available through events and networking opportunities with the scholars.

The University’s Careers & Enterprise Centre has a Faculty-based Placements Manager to support students with industry links and work experience, in addition to the bespoke Internships & Industry Manager role in the Department of Computer Science who can work with students on the Data Science programme to explore opportunities for relevant work experience. An established Internships & Industry Fund is also available in the Department of Computer Science.

Scholar Eligibility Criteria for Durham University

To be considered for a British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM hosted at Durham University, you must:

-Be a woman

-Be a passport holder and permanent resident of one of the eligible countries listed below:

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Cuba
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Venezuela

-Have completed all components of an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry onto one of the eligible postgraduate programmes below by the time you submit your application and be due to start your postgraduate programme in the UK during 2021.

  • MSc New and Renewable Energy
  • MSc Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • MDS Data Science

-Have not previously studied at degree level or higher in the UK or lived recently in the UK.

-Meet the English language requirement of the Durham University (or is expected to meet the requirement after a 10-week or 6-week English Language pre-sessional course as confirmed in the academic offer letter).

-Demonstrate case for financial support need via a means-test conducted by Durham University.

-Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your scholarship award has ended.

-Complete the Application form for the scholarship and submit to: with British Council Women in STEM Scholarship in the subject heading

Other criteria

-You are also required to show in your application form that:

-You are active in the field with work experience or with a proven interest in the programme area you are applying for

-You are willing to demonstrate future contribution to capacity-building and socio-economic advancement through the benefits achieved after graduating from UK higher education and returning your home country

-You can demonstrate a plan and passion to engage other women and girls in STEM from your home country

-You agree that your personal data being shared with the British Council as a condition of applying for the bursary

-If you are awarded a scholarship, you agree to maintain contact with the British Council and act as an ambassador for the UK and engage with activities as part of a British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM alumnus during and after your study in the UK. Any involvement in these activities during your study in the UK will take up no more than five hours per term.

You are not eligible for a British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM if you:

-Hold dual British citizenship.

-Are an employee, a former employee, or relative (*) of an employee of Her Majesty’s Government (including British Embassies/High Commissions; the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Department for International Trade; the Ministry of Defence; and the Home Office).

-Are an employee, a former employee, or relative (*) of an employee of the British Council Scholarships for Women in STEM – eligible countries

(*): Relatives are defined as parents or step-parents, siblings or step-siblings, children or step-children, spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner (where the couple have been in a relationship akin to marriage or civil partnership for at least two years).

-Are currently in receipt of financial support or funding towards your study programme in the UK from any other source

-Have previously studied in the UK with funding from a UK Government-funded scholarship or a UK institutional scholarship/financial bursary.